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You had a house crush, admit it

By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com
Friday, February 14, 2014
Posted: 2 pm ET

Finding the perfect home can be like trying to find the love of your life. Sometimes it's love at first sight. But often, homebuyers develop several home crushes before they pick The One, a survey shows.Home crush

About 7 in 10 homebuyers say they have had a "home crush," according to the survey. The survey defines a home crush as a dwelling that a consumer likes and is drawn back to look at more than once online or in person.

A dose of "uno"

"We conducted the survey to see how searching for 'the one' in real estate correlates to searching for 'the one' in love and we found that they are very similar," says Barbara O'Connor, chief marketing officer for Realtor.com. "Buyers have to evaluate crushes based on turn-ons and offs and whether the home is in their league, so they often find themselves spending a good amount of time checking out their crush online."

Vive la difference

The survey also shows how men and women approach the home-dating process differently.

Women tend to stick with the same crush a bit longer than men, while men go from one house crush to another more frequently. Shocking? Not really. About 36 percent of men say they find a new house crush every week, compared with 29 percent of the women in the survey.

Caviar dreams

Female buyers also are more likely to develop a crush on a home that's out of their league, or as I prefer to interpret it, we women tend to dream bigger. About 41 percent of women in the survey say their home crush is out of their price range, compared with 30 percent of men.

What about you? Have you ever had a crush on a house? Was it in your price range?

Sorry to bum you out, but…

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